RCMP say they dismantled a Japanese Yakuza and China-linked crime network active in B.C.

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      The Mounties have claimed that they've delivered a knockout blow to an international organized crime network trafficking drugs in B.C.

      In a September 22 news release, the B.C. RCMP say that the enforcement action was conducted in tandem with the National Police Agency of Japan and many other partner agencies.

      The investigation began in August 2019 when 12 kilograms of methamphetamine destined for Japan was seized by the Canada Border Services Agency.

      A B.C.-based group subsequently shipped a seven-kilogram load of the drug to a criminal associate of Chinese ancestry in Japan.

      The Mounties idenfied the suspects as Chun Yu Luk, Shuai Yuan, and Ya Bobo Chen of Richmond. The RCMP allege that they were working with a Japanese national with ties to the Yakuza organized crime syndicate. He's since been charged with drug importation in Japan.

      On June 12, 2020, the RCMP executed a search warrant on a Richmond home linked to the three Richmond residents. There, the Mounties seized drugs, about $100,000 in cash, a prohibited firearm, two tasers, and a replica handgun.

      Luk, Yuan, and Chen face a string of charges. None of the allegations have been proven in court.